Saturday, November 19, 2011

Something for the Weekend: The Jam - Eton Rifles

I remember being shocked when I discovered that many public schools had their own cadet corps - I had naively grown up thinking that this wasn't a militaristic country (my how that illusion was subsequently shown to be false). Naturally, I was drawn to "The Eton Rifles" by The Jam, particularly the line: "What chance have you got against a tie and a crest?" - a line that is surely as relevant now as ever.

Like many, I felt appalled and cheated when I heard that the song was one of the favourites of our Old Etonian leader David Cameron, but at least this earned the superb riposte from Paul Weller: "Which part of it didn't he get? It wasn't intended as a fucking jolly drinking song for the cadet corps." Enjoy:

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